Perdue Taps Escott-Stump
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has appointed Sylvia Escott-Stump, director of ECU’s dietetic internship program, to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.
Escott-Stump will join the seven-member board in overseeing licensure and regulation of persons engaged in the practice of dietetics/nutrition in the state and in maintaining educational standards for practitioners. She will serve a three-year term.
“The licensure board was established to protect citizens from individuals who might represent themselves as dietitians or nutritionists when they do not have the background,” said Escott-Stump. “Registered dietitians must complete a four-year BS degree with a great deal of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology. Then they must complete a rigorous supervised practice program before they can sit for the national exam. There is so much misinformation available from the media, sales personnel, and personal trainers that the citizens of our state need protection and clear guidance. I am happy to serve at this level for our citizens.”
Escott-Stump received other honors this spring for her outstanding contribution to her profession. The American Dietetic Association invited her to present the 46th Lenna Frances Cooper Lecture at the Association’s annual meeting. An invitation to present this lecture is one of the highest honors bestowed by the ADA.
She was also named 2009 Member of the Year by the North Carolina Dietetic Association, the highest honor granted a member of the organization.
A member of the ECU nutrition and dietetics faculty since 1998, Escott-Stump is co-author of, “Krause’s Food, Nutrition, and Diet Therapy,” now in its 12th edition, and “Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care,” currently in its 6th edition.